It’s been awhile since we talked about probiotics and enzymes, which are so important to keep a healthy gut and a healthy immune system. For those of you who have been to Willow Spa and had the Willow Enzyme Bath treatment, you may remember that the treatment begins with the therapist offering you a shot of the Aska Enzyme Drink. This shot of syrupy sweetness is quite potent and some may wonder why we chose this drink.
When we started Willow Spa, we were committed to introducing treatments that were both relaxing and healthy. Most of us have heard that when your natural intestinal flora balance is interrupted, it leads to problems in your gut and in your health. This can happened when you take too many antibiotics or eat a diet made up of processed foods and not enough raw foods. Once this balance is interrupted, it is important to restore this balance. Fermented foods and enzyme supplementation can be helpful in doing so. When we found a fermented enzyme drink (Double benefit!) we were excited to introduce it to as many people that we could!
Here is a list of its benefits:
1. Loaded with Probiotics: Fermented foods are naturally loaded with probiotics and will help to restore healthy good bacteria in your gut after taking antibiotics.
2. Help to digest other foods: If you have poor digestive health, your own enzymes might not be able to break down food for smooth digestion. The enzymes in fermented foods will help you in properly digesting other foods too.
3. Heal Your Gut: Fermentation produces lactic acid, which helps any healthy good bacteria in your gut to increase in number. Since 80% of your immune system resides in your gut, adding fermented foods to your diet not only helps you heal your gut, but also helps your immune system.
4. Fermented Foods are loaded with Nutrients and Vitamins: Fermented foods are very nutrient dense. Fermentation helps produce B vitamins, vitamin K2, micronutrients, and healthy enzymes.
You can drink the enzyme drink alone like taking a shot or you can add it to tea or water. Here is our favorite recipe below. The matcha tea is made strong to cut the sweetness of the enzyme drink and the chia seeds are and added superfood boost.
1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons Matcha powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 oz of Aska Enzyme Drink
In a tall glass or jar with lid, shake together the water and matcha powder. Stir in the chia seeds and enzyme drink and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. Stir or shake the mixture a few times as the chia seeds start to become gelatinous. Shake well before drinking.